Published on: May 13, 2022 at 15:14 IST
The Lucknow Bench of The Allahabad High Court rejected Plea to open 22 closed rooms in the Taj Mahal to ascertain the presence of Hindu idols, calling it a mockery of the Public Interest Litigation system and asking the Petitioner to research the topic first.
A Division Bench of Justices DK Upadhyay and Subhash Vidyarthi said the Petition was not maintainable and that it lay outside the powers of Judicial Review.
“Tomorrow you will come and ask us to go to Chambers of Honourable Judges? Please, don’t make a mockery of the Public Interest Litigation system. I welcome you to debate the issue with us in the drawing room and not in a Court of Law,” the Court said.
“Right to get a research or study not made out. It’s an area of researchers or academicians and not of court. Verdict on historical aspects cannot be given by court under writ jurisdiction. Petition being misconceived is dismissed,” said Justice DK Upadhyay.
“Go and research. Do M.A. Do PhD. Then choose such a topic and if any institute disallows you to research on such a topic, then come to us.”
“Please enrol yourself in MA, then go for NET, JRF and if any university denies you research on such a topic, then come to us,” the Court added.